Ever since they were announced more than three years ago, the PMW F5 and F55 CineAlta cameras have gone from strength to strength. Sony have been adding new features and functionality throughout the years via firmware updates and earlier today Sony shared the details of their latest update.
In the upcoming firmware version 7.0 the F5 and F55 platform will see the following improvements:
Quick Menu: Version 7 firmware features a significant update in the operator's experience. Powerful features will now be easily accessible through an intuitive interface for fast and efficient navigation at the users fingertips, by utilizing the sub display and the silver buttons on the camera.
Implementing Rec. 2020: In addition to the existing color spaces, Sony is implementing the ITU-R BT. 2020 (Rec. 2020) standard, the native color space of new generation 3840 x 2160 4K Ultra HD.
Expanded options for simultaneous recording: Due to popular demand from documentary production needing to shoot 59.94i HD with 59.94p 4K Sony is implementing simultaneous recording to the same SxS Pro+ card of MPEG2 50Mbps 4:2:2 and 10 bit 4:2:2 4K XAVC in either 3840 x 2160 or 4096 x 2160. This is a powerful workflow that will allow productions with high shooting ratios to significantly reduce the time and money to produce 4K content.
The above are very powerful features, and are a strong testimonial to the continued development of the F5 and F55 platform – and there is more to come!
The new firmware is scheduled for release in January 2016 and those attending the IBC show in Amsterdam, can get a special hands-on preview of firmware version 7.0 in an F55 camera in the Sony booth in Hall 12.